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March 10, 2014

Southwest says it will add 20 flights to 12 cities if it gets American's Love Field gates

Southwest Airlines said it will add 20 flights to 12 new destinations if it gets the two gates at Dallas Love Field that American Airlines is required to divest as part of its settlement agreement with the Department of Justice.

The Dallas-based carrier, which currently operates out of 12 gates at Love Field and will have 16 gates once the airport's renovations are completed, said it is committed to offering more nonstop service to North Texas travelers.

"No other airline can offer the low fares, variety of destinations, and Customer Service that Southwest is committed to providing at Love Field," said Southwest chief executive Gary Kelly in a statement.

The carrier said it would add flights to Charlotte, N.C., Charleston, S.C., Detroit, Mich., Indianapolis, Ind., Memphis, Tenn., Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn., Newark, N.J., Philadelphia, Pa., Raleigh/Durham, N.C., Sacramento, Calif., San Francisco, Calif., and Seattle, Wash., if it gets the two gates.

With the Wright Amendment restrictions being lifted in October, Southwest also announced it will add flights to Boston, Mass., Oakland, Calif., Panama City Beach, Fla., Portland, Ore. and San Jose, Calif. in 2015. The company had previously announced plans for its post-Wright Amendment schedule to fly to 15 new non-stop destinations.

-Andrea Ahles


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I thought this was designed to avoid big airlines from monopolizing airports and cities? Southwest is an awesome airline, but they OWN Love Field, and they are the #1 domestic airline. It doesn't get much bigger than WN, esp at DAL. Anyone who thinks airlines aren't regulated needs to look at this!

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